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Review: Concrete Icon - Through Agonizing Past
Concrete Icon
Through Agonizing Past

Label: Black Vulture Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 54:13
Tracks: 12
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: January 6, 2018
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Through Agonizing Past

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (6 Votes)

Through Agonizing Past (I don't know how agonizing their past may have been) is the title of this compilation of everything worth releasing, starting from the band's 2008 three-song demo Flood of Darkened Thoughts, to their four-track 2012 EP, Where the Horns Reign, the latter found on the CD version only. The first eight songs (two previously unreleased) are re-recordings from 2014.

Heavy, extra-crispy and mid-paced mix of Doom and Death Metal this definitely is, reminding me of Finland's own Doom/Deathsters God Forsaken (R.I.P.) here and there, which always gets my blood boiling, in a good way, of course. Concrete Icon's Doom/Death has a very special vibe to it. They neither follow any current trends nor care for any silly or stupid gimmicks and just count on their dead-limb heavy performance. They deliver their goods pretty darn well, although there are a few moments that tend to drag a bit too much.

Through Agonizing Past is a pretty well-presented cross-section through these Finnish Doom/Deathsters history, so if this sounds up your alley then you may want to check them out.

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